There has long been a misunderstanding in western society that
Geisha are prostitutes. There are two main reasons
for these misconceptions:
After world war II when
Japan was occupied by USA and Australian soldiers many Japanese prostitutes
referred to themselves as Geisha. This was
probably done to make them seem more exotic to the soldiers who would have
not known the difference.
In the past right to take the
virginity of a Geisha (an event called a mizuage) was sold
by the Geisha house. This right was sold many years earlier when a Geisha
had just started as Maiko (a trainee Geisha). In
reality this was more the sponsorship for all the Maiko training which was
very expensive. Only a very wealth man could afford to pay for this right.
After the mizuage, the Geisha were not obliged to
have sex with any customers, even the men who paid dearly for their